D2K, PEALS, Newcastle University


IMAGINE ID stands for: Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: Assessing the Genomic Impact on Neurodevelopment

The IMAGINE ID study wants to answer a question parents often ask when their child has a genetic condition: “So what does this mean for my child?”

To answer this important question they are:

  • Collecting information about a large group of children with intellectual disability
  • Doing research to find out how genetic changes affect children and young people’s behaviour
  • Hoping this will help with the care of families and children now, and in the future


The team is lead by clinicians from the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and University College, London. They are a multidisciplinary team of specialists in Medical Genetics, Adult and Child Psychiatry and Psychology who care for families of children with intellectual disability. The team all have a research interest in the area of human genetics, intellectual disability and behavioural phenotypes.

IMAGINE ID was conceived and developed with advice and discussion from the UK organisation UNIQUE, the Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group. The grant was awarded in 2014 by the Medical Research Council and the Medical Research Foundation. It is also operating in collaboration with the ECHO project, DECIPHER, the Farr Institute and the NHS Regional Genetics Centres.